Highway paving begins Sunday night near Clinton ferry

Crews will work at night next week to pave State Route 525 on Whidbey Island near the Clinton ferry terminal.

On Sunday night, crews will grind the road in preparation for paving. Starting Monday, crews will pave between the ferry dock and Bob Galbreath Road. Crews will work nightly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Crews anticipate good weather and expect to complete paving before Friday. Temporary lane markings will be applied as crews complete the work. Permanent striping will be added 21 days after the fresh asphalt has cured.

A lane will remain open in each direction, but drivers may experience minor delays while driving through the construction zone. Drivers planning to board the Clinton ferry are advised to give themselves a little extra time to get through the work zone.

WSDOT spokesperson Dave Chesson asks drivers to “Give ‘em a Brake” in work zones or where they see maintenance workers. Giving workers a brake could give you a brake, too. An overwhelming majority of people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and passengers. "So slow down, pay attention, and help protect the worker and yourself," Chesson said.

Tips for driving in work zones or where maintenance workers are present:

Observe the speed limit and don’t do anything except drive while you’re in the work zone.

Don’t use your cell phone.

Don’t eat or drink.

Don’t change CDs or radio stations.

Don’t tailgate. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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